Originally published through the Age
A who’s who of Melbourne’s most beautiful people filled the casting room of Bourke Street Mall’s David Jones today, spilling out into the outer store in the world’s most attractive queue.
They were there hoping to be cast in the David Jones Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Launch; strutting their stuff for David Jones ambassador Megan Gale, designer Michael Lo Sordo and David Jones head stylist Kelvin Harries.
Gale said the models attending the casting boded well for the launch early next month.
“We’re seeing some really great girls and guys that have come down,” she said.
“Some have done the show before, some are new, some have come from interstate, some are visiting from overseas. Hopefully we’ll get a good mix and maybe discover someone, you never know.”
However, she is quick to assure that not being cast does not mean a model won’t do well in the future – just look at her own career.
“I remember the first couple [of David Jones castings] I went to – which would be 20 years ago now – I didn’t get through, and I was really disappointed. Because it’s one of the biggest jobs you can get for the season,” she said.
“It is a big deal, it’s a really big deal, and I’m sure it is for the models here today.”
For beginner model Matthew Djordjevic, being cast in the show could open up doors for his future work.
“I’m excited. It’s my second casting. Hopefully I’d be able to go overseas if it all goes well. There’s a lot of people, but hopefully they pick me,” he said.
Djordjevic was one of hundreds of hopefuls at the casting, each dressed in either a simple black and white ensemble or jeans. A long-haired male model carrying a skateboard stood at the front of the line, in front of a beautiful girl with an ash-grey pixie haircut.
According to Lo Sordo, the edgy vibe of the casting call suited the David Jones Autumn Winter collection.
“This season is all about the urban, it’s a little bit street, it’s sexy. It’s very Australian, but I think the essence is a little bit younger,” he said.
However, both Lo Sordo and Gale stressed the difficulty in choosing only a select few attendees to walk the show.
“It’s easy for me [to cast models] because I know the brand so well, and I know what they’re after, and I also know what it takes to be a good catwalk model,” Gale said. “But it’s hard because I hate not picking someone! I hate having to choose and leaving people out. If it was up to me there’d be like 400 people in the show.”